Mother's Day Meal - Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken with Mac & Cheese, String Beans and Roasted Red Potatoes and Carrots

This year for Mother's Day my wife and I tried a new spin on fried chicken.

Ingredients for Marinade

  • 2 cups of Low fat buttermilk - (We chose low-fat because we are both on diets)
  • Half of an onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 4-5 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 fresh lemon
  • Breadcrumbs or crushed Cornflakes
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Chicken - of course! - This recipe did about a whole cut-up chicken

Directions for Chicken

Combine the buttermilk, crushed garlic, thyme, entire squeezed lemon, chopped onion and chicken into a large bowl and let marinate for 3 to 5 hours in the refrigerator.

After the chicken has finished marinating. Combine the Parmesan cheese and Breadcrumbs/Cornflakes into a separate bowl. Generously coat the chicken in the Parmasean mixture and put into a baking pan with a mesh. The mesh is to ensure that the chicken doesn't touch the bottom of the baking pan. I coated the mesh with Pam Cooking Spray. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until chicken is well cooked.

Ingredients for Mac and Cheese

    • 1/2 pound elbow macaroni
    • 3 tablespoons butter
    • 3 tablespoons flour
    • 1 tablespoon powdered mustard
    • 3 cups milk
    • 1/2 cup yellow onion, finely diced
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1 large egg
    • 12 ounces sharp cheddar, shredded or grated
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • Fresh black pepper

Topping:

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Directions for Macaroni and Cheese

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, include a pinch of salt. Once its boiling add the macaroni elbows

While the elbows are cooking, in a separate pot, melt the butter. Whisk in the flour and mustard and keep stirring for about 5 minutes, make sure it doesn't settle or burn. When there are no more lumps, stir in the milk, onion, bay leaf, and paprika. Simmer for ten minutes and remove the bay leaf.

Add the egg. Stir in 3/4 of the cheese, add a small pinch of salt and pepper. Keep stirring as you don't want any lumps. By now your macaroni should be finished. Drain the macaroni of all the water in a colander. Pour the drained macaroni into the mix and pour into a 2-quart casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese.

Melt the butter in a saute pan and toss the bread crumbs to coat. Top the macaroni with the bread crumbs. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for five to ten minutes then it's ready to serve

Roasted Veggies and Stringbeans

Combine all veggies into a baking pan, coat in olive oil and add a tablespoon of oregano. Use your hand and mix all the ingredients together and bake for 45 minutes to an hour.

Saute the string beans into a saucepan with olive oil. You can add some salt and pepper for flavor

You don't have to go to Culinary School to cook like a chef.